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Thinking about Sealants? Here are the facts.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, sealants are one of the best ways to protect your children's teeth from cavities. In fact, the academy says, scientific studies have proven that properly applied sealants are 100 percent effective in protecting tooth surfaces from caries (cavities).

A dental sealant is a thin plastic film applied to the properly prepared chewing surfaces of molars and premolars.

To apply a sealant, your dentist will clean the surface of the tooth and then apply an etching solution or gel. After a few seconds, the solution is thoroughly rinsed away with water, and the tooth is dried. The sealant material is then applied and allowed to harden. The material may harden chemically, or it may be "cured" by a special curing light. Treatment typically does not cause discomfort.

Sealants typically last five years but have been known to last for as long as ten years. Your dentist will examine the integrity of your child's sealants at his or her return visits.


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